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President’s Distinguished Lecture – Ambassador Andrew Young

Inauguration Week 2011 Event.

Presentation with Ambassador and Activist Andrew Young will highlight Inauguration Week 2011 events; reception with Ambassador Young to immediately follow.

About Ambassador and Activist Andrew Young

For a university that prides itself on creating a healthy exchange of ideas on the most pressing questions facing society and seeks to instill in its graduates a drive to serve the broader public interest, the chance to host Andrew Young as an honored guest and participant during Inauguration Week 2011 is opportune.

Roger After Dark: Live Music by The Teter Todders

Come join RAD with the baddest band on the playground, The Teter Todders, as they play live music in GHH at 10 p.m. on Friday April 24. There will also be Carnival foods and make your own sandy candy. Come relax and listen to live music with RAD!

GSB Distinguished Leadership Lecture: Comcast CFO Michael Angelakis

Students and faculty are invited to the GSB Distinguished Leadership lecture that will be presented by Michael Angelakis, Chief Financial Officer and Vice Chair of Comcast Corporation. A number of regional business leaders and Mario Gabelli will be in attendance. This is an excellent opportunity to network with and learn from a select group of exceptional business leaders. Seating is limited and an RSVP is required. Please RSVP via e-mail to Vincie Bertolino in the Dean’s Office at

About Michael J. Angelakis

Michael J. Angelakis serves as Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer for Comcast Corporation. Michael is responsible for all corporate development, strategic planning, investor relations, internal reporting, external reporting, taxation, and other financial and administrative matters at Comcast Corporation, as well as other oversight responsibilities.

President's Report: Shining a Light on University's Past, Future

April 15, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. -- When most folks think of a searchlight, those immense, unwieldy apparatus that project unmistakable beams of light, often dancing across the nighttime sky. Whether via a traditional carbon arc lamp or powerful Xenon bulbs, searchlights start with a high-intensity source of energy, collected in a parabola-shaped reflector and channeled into a common source -- that powerful beam of light. In many ways, our campus community is a reflective surface in its own right, collecting the energy and lumosity of students, alumni, faculty, staff and partners, returning it to a common source -- Roger Williams University -- and projecting a powerful beam of knowledge, expertise and talent beyond our campus, called upon to solve problems and to serve society. 

RWU to Host 2015 U.S. Youth Sailing Championship in July

April 15, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – Just in time to celebrate the grand opening of the Richard L. Bready Mount Hope Bay Sailing and Education Center in July, a bevy of young sailors will descend on Roger Williams University to test the waters – and their sailing skills – for the 2015 U.S. Youth Sailing Championship, a signature US Sailing regatta.

The illustrious competition, featuring more than 100 of the country’s top junior sailors (ages 13 to 19), will take place on Mount Hope Bay from July 6 to 10. In addition to the races, which will be officiated by nationally certified race officers and judges, the sailors also will receive training from US Sailing’s coaches.

“Mount Hope Bay is a great place to sail,” says RWU Sailing Coach Amanda Callahan. “We have a pretty reliable sea breeze that comes in during summer, and this will be a great venue for these elite sailors to compete.”

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The Center for Justice: For Rhode Islanders in Need, a New Voice for Access to Justice

April 9, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – To help address the growing volume of unmet legal needs among vulnerable individuals, families and communities in Rhode Island, representatives from the Rhode Island Center for Justice and the Roger Williams University School of Law gathered with elected officials, members of the bench and bar, and allied community organizations today to formally launch the Center for Justice, a new nonprofit public interest law center.

The Center for Justice’s Board of Directors, led by Chair Miriam Weizenbaum and Vice-Chair Amato DeLuca, joined University President Donald J. Farish, RWU Law Dean Michael J. Yelnosky and other speakers in describing the need for increased access to justice in Rhode Island, along with the potential to offer new attorneys hands-on experience serving community members struggling with housing, employment, immigration and other critical issues.

Providence Business News Names RWU Executive Vice President as Top CFO

April 7, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – When Providence Business News selected the honorees for its annual Chief Financial Officer awards program last week, the most prominent recognition went to a familiar face to those on the Roger Williams University campus – Jerry Williams, executive vice president for finance and administration, captured top honors in the newspaper’s career achievement category.

In nominating Williams for the award, University President Donald J. Farish commended his leadership in positively repositioning University finances in recent years in a way that enabled RWU to pursue its ambitious Affordable Excellence initiative – a direct response to the critical issues facing higher education, including escalating costs, rising student debt and job preparedness for graduates.

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Bestselling Author Nathaniel Philbrick to Deliver 2015 Commencement Address

April 6, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – National Book Award winner and New York Times bestselling author Nathaniel Philbrick – whose scholarship has made New England’s early history, from the Mayflower landing to the Battle of Bunker Hill, accessible to audiences both on the page and onscreen in the upcoming Ron Howard film In the Heart of the Sea – will address the Roger Williams University Class of 2015 and receive an honorary degree at the University’s Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 16.

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The Story Behind The Food

Join Dining Services and Bon Appétit Management Company Foundation Fellow, Sea Sloat, for a presentation and conversation about the journey your food takes to get to your plate. Snacks will be provided! RSVP is required as space is limited, please visit:

Blood Drive

The Rhode Island Blood Center will be hosting a blood drive Tuesday, April 7 and Wednesday, April 8 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in North Residence Hall.